Chosen Journeys (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30) July 5, 2020

On this day after Independence Day, we remember that as God’s people, we are called to community and covenant.  In short, we are called to INTERdependence over independence.  One of our responsibilities and our joys as a convenant people is to face the problems in our world head on.

According to the UCC initiative “Our Faith, Our Vote” (, *”The problems in our world often seem too big to confront.  We see injustice every day and feel that change can’t or won’t happen.  But our faith is infused with hope and built on a foundation of action.  By serving the vulnerable, feeding the hungry, and standing in solidarity with the oppressed, we serve as God’s hands.

Voting is a natural extension of faithful action.  The decisions made by our representatives have a wide-reaching impact.  We have enormous potential to make positive change.  We must engage our legislators, vote, and encourage everyone in our communities to do the same.

Our faithful voice is needed.  It is tempting to disengage from the political process.  As people dedicated to creating a just world for all, we know we must be involved.

Visit to join the Our Faith, Our Vote campaign.  Discover how your congregation can participate in the electoral process through faithful, nonpartisan engagement.  You can find out more about how your congregation can be legally involved in elections at: be-active.  In addition, the United Church of Christ can help with resources on civic engagement, voter registration information, issue education, and voter mobilization.

This election season it is essential that people raise their voices and vote.”

*Accessed January 2020.


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St. John’s Closed Through the End of July

Due to the coronavirus, services, as well as all church activities, are cancelled through the end of July.

Please contact the church office at 419-358-5641 if you have concerns.  Please leave a message if no one is available, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

To comply with Ohio’s COVID-19 request to shelter in place, there will be no worship services at St. John’s UCC through the month of July.

Stay safe and well.





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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  March 24, 2020,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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St Johns Snow

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This website can now be found at!

In an effort to make this site easier for you to access, it can now be found at!  You can still find this page using the old web address, but now it will be easier to tell family and friends where they can find up-to-date news about St. John’s UCC in Bluffton, Ohio.

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